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Carrie Underwood sets a record as Storyteller hits No. 1 on country charts

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Carrie Underwood set a record for the Billboard Top Country Albums this week when her fifth studio album, Storyteller, debuted at No. 1 after selling 164,000 copies. 

This marks Underwood’s sixth consecutive career-opening debut at No. 1 on the chart, a feat that has never been accomplished since the creation of the metric 51 years ago. (Included in this list is her 2014 Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation.) Miranda Lambert previously held the record with five-straight career-starting No. 1 debuts on the Top Country Albums chart. 

Underwood’s six No. 1 country albums brings her to Dolly Parton’s level for third-most all-time for female artists, trailing only Reba McEntire (12) and Loretta Lynn (eight).

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Storyteller also soared in its first Billboard Top 200 bid, premiering at No. 2.